By Jonathon Van Maren
The eminently forgettable alleged comedienne Wanda Sykes has been vocal about her support for abortion for years, notably referring to Amy Coney Barrett as a “b***h” for her position on the issue and decrying the Supreme Court on Stephen Colbert’s show after Roe fell. Loud pro-abortion sentiments, of course, are considered to be Very Courageous and Brave these days, and Sykes recently served as a temporary host of The Daily Show. She decided to interview journalist and leading abortion activist Katha Pollitt, whose book Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights famously called for not only the normalization, but celebration of abortion.
Pollitt and Sykes made quite the pair, swapping lies and disinformation about abortion and pro-lifers like it was their day job – which, come to think of it, it basically is. Sykes announced that “there’s no such thing as an abortion doctor,” and Pollitt replied that “they used to call them abortionists so that’s like really not a real doctor.” She noted that both abortionist and abortion doctor were demeaning, and that “providing care for women is a good way to put it…the very important thing that everybody has to think about is abortion is part of healthcare.”
Interestingly, Sykes’ colleagues in the comedian community don’t appear to quite agree. They’re all very pro-abortion, to be sure. But they are all also quite clear that abortion is much, much more than merely “healthcare” – something that nearly everybody knows instinctively. That’s why quite a number of comedians have chosen to address it over the past few years.
Louis CK noted in stark terms the position on abortion that most progressives are moving toward: abortion “definitely kills a baby” but should be permitted. “Either abortion is like [defecating], or it’s like killing a baby. It’s only one of those two things,” he told his visibly uncomfortable audience. Interestingly, he even defended pro-life protesters: “People hate abortion protesters,” he noted, his expression indicating he was clearly enjoying the audience’s discomfort. “They’re so shrill and awful! They think babies are being murdered! What are they supposed to do? Well, that’s not cool. I don’t want to be a d*** about it though. I don’t want to ruin their day as they murder several babies all the time.”